Prayers for our High School Mission Team. They leave on Sunday for Baton Rouge, LA.
First Church News & Updates - June 8, 2018

Morgan Hall, one of our recent high school graduates, shared her musical talents with us in worship recently. 

May 20, 2018:
May 20, 2018: "Romanza", Morgan Hall

Enjoy this First Church News.
This week in worship...

Kevin Karschnik
Kevin Karschnik  will be preaching at all three services. Kevin said  "I am really excited to preach all three services on June 10. I let my family choose the sermon - and they went with the story of Shamgar from the book of Judges. It is a super short scripture with a really powerful take-away that anyone can apply to their lives."

Scripture:  Judges 3:31
Sermon title:  "Shamgar's Success Strategies"

Liturgists include  Robin Levins at 8:30 am and Dr. John Clifford at 11 am. Click here to read The Source.

Please join us in worship this weekend...Sunday at 8:30 am (Sanctuary), 9:40 am (Family Life Center) or 11 am (Sanctuary).
Words from Will...
We returned home from France just in time to go to Annual Conference
Annual Conference will take place at Austin Avenue United Methodist Church in downtown Waco, beginning Sunday night. Business sessions will happen in the Convention Center. Our delegates include myself and David Johnson as clergy, and Rich Thompson, Bill Canet and Paula Holmes as laity. What a
David Johnson
treasured moment it was to be in Waco two years ago, knowing that we would be meeting the delegation and the Choral Union of First United Methodist Church of Round Rock for the first time. As the choir sang, tears filled our eyes as Tina and I thought, "We will get to be part of this every Sunday." And so we have. These two years have flown by and God has moved among us in a beautiful way.

This time, it will be David Johnson who gets to connect with us. He won't get to experience the First Church choir until later, but he will still feel the warmth and greatness of our ministry. On Tuesday evening, I will participate in the congregation as part of the Ordination Service. Every year, I recommit my life to follow Christ into a new year of ministry, trusting that the grace of God will grow me and the ministry I serve a little more in both impact and Spirit. 

In these two years, we have come to love you and have a deep gratitude for who each of you are as brothers and sisters in Christ. I sense that the 2018-2019 year of ministry will be one in which God stretches and uses us in some surprising and wonderful ways. Why? Because that's just the way God tends to do things.

Dr. Will Cotton

Sincerely in Christ,
Will Cotton Signature
Dr. Will Cotton
Senior Pastor
Ministry Focus
Children's Ministry

Shipwrecked VBS is coming to First Church!
While registration is closed, we do ask for your prayers as we make final preparations for over 430 children, plus volunteers and youth assistants to be on our campus June 18-22 and June 25-29! Get a preview here.
Family Movie Night

Family Movie Night...a great kickoff to summer
Children's Ministries invites you to attend Family Movie Night on Wednesday, June 13 at 7:30 pm on the patio of the Adkins Education Building #5, near the playground. Feel free to bring a picnic for your own family. We will eat and have some social time. The Lorax will start at dusk. Remember your lawn chairs and bug spray!
Do you want to help Children's MInistry get ready for VBS? 
All hands on deck for VBS Work Day this Thursday, June 14, 9 am -2 pm. Come for the whole time or just a couple of hours! All levels of talent are welcome! 

Childcare is available.
If you need childcare while you are volunteering, email with your child(ren)'s name and age to make a reservation. 
Student Ministry
Summer Youth Events
High School Mission Trip
More from Student Ministries...  
Adult Ministry
Acting Boldly
5 week Sunday School Series begins on June 10, 9 :40 am in Bldg. 5-148
As a more in-depth follow-on to Bishop Lowry's recent Pentecost sermon, this study is intended to take class discussions and considerations into uncharted territory...the wilderness if you will. Lead teacher Sam Kyzar (assisted by Ted Keller) will use Bishop Lowry's new video series, Acting Boldly: How the Acts of the Apostles Can Guide Today's Church Through the Wilderness. This study offers practical insights on how we as the church and individuals of faith can gracefully and boldly step into today's world and remain fully faithful to the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. All are welcome, no registration needed.
A Matter of Balance

A Matter of Balance Class to Begin July 12 - Class is full. Wait list  is available.
Do you have concerns about falling? Join us for a fun, informative class on managing falls and increasing your activity level. If you are 60 or older and are interested in improving your balance, flexibility and strength and learning to reduce your fall risks at home and view falls as controllable, register for this free 8 - week class. Thursday mornings at 10:00 am beginning July 12.

This class is full! If you'd like to be on a waiting list for any cancellations or for the next class click here to register or contact Rae Frenette at 512-255-3336 or 
More from Adult Ministries...  
  • UMW Lydia Circle, 6:30 pm in Payne Cottage, Bldg. 4-2. All are welcome! 
  • Love Wins - New study began May 13, 9:40 am in Bldg. 5-136.
Worship Arts
CrossRoads CD
Chime Camp
Children's Summer Chime Camps 
are Coming Up!
These wonderful 3-day camps are offered to all children entering 3rd-5th grades in the fall of 2018. Children learn the basics of ringing chimes from experienced teachers. 
Register your child today! 
MIssion Focus
Mission Luncheon
On Sunday, June 24, we will focus on our international missions, with representatives from Mission Panama, Children's Ministries, UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) and Sierra Leone. You read that right: we'll have a representative from Sierra Leone...our own Katie Meek will be here! Join us in welcoming Katie for a taco bar lunch after the 11 am service. We'll hear a little about Katie's work as missionary to Sierra Leone. Cost is $10 per person. Click here to register.  If you prefer not to use the computer or a credit card, you can come into the church office during the week (9-4 Monday - Thursday, 9-3 Friday) and register using cash, check or credit card.
Mission Month
Do you have time and talents to offer but you're unsure how to get involved? 
Whether it's world travel or web development, construction or coordination, the many missions at First Church want to get you engaged! The Villages team is hosting Mission Month every Sunday in June in the common area next to Payne Cottage in between services. Each week, different active missions will have volunteers and information available to help you learn about the many awesome things our church is doing locally and internationally and providing an easy way for you to get engaged.

On deck on June 10...Round Rock Helpers, Sunday Greeters, Education Connection, Disaster Response Team, Footprints Children's Grief Ministry, First Church Crafters, Heart to Heart Quilters, and the Parking Posse.

Please stop by and find your passion!
School Supply Mission

Spring Cleaning?
Children's Ministry mission for the summer will be donating school supplies! When school is out and your child brings home their backpack and supplies, encourage them to bring any gently used supplies to donate to the Sunday School offering. Right after July 4th, when school supplies go on sale, you can pick up a few extras for Sunday School mission donations. All money donated will also be used to purchase school supplies.
Calling all handy helpers
Parsonage volunteers

Calling all talented volunteers to help us spruce up the church parsonage
Do you think sawdust is a condiment? Are you handy with a hammer and saw? Do you measure twice and cut once? Are you a skilled painter like Picasso? Do others marvel at your green thumb? Do you possess great attention to detail?

If you answered  Yes! to any of the above questions, you are a strong candidate to help prepare the church parsonage for our new Associate Pastor, Rev. David Johnson's arrival on June 22! We need painters carpenters, caulkers, cleaners, gardeners, etc.

If you are willing and able to assist with any of the above opportunities, please contact David Riskind at and/or 512.567.6256 to learn more about your assignment(s). Click here for more details...
A Finance Snapshot...
Finance Update
  • Year to date Revenue: $946,389.96
  • Year to date Expenses: $958,020.06
  • 2018 Budget: $2,481,067.63
This week at First Church
Saturday, June 9
  • 5:30 pm - Journey in Faith Class social, Bldg. 5-127
Sunday, June 10
  • 8:30, 9:40 and 11 am - Worship services
  • 12 noon - Mission Panama Trip meeting, Bldg. 5-127
  • 12:15 pm - VBS Crew Leaders meeting, Bldg. 5-232/234
  • 12:15 pm - Sunday Ladies of Faith, Bldg.5-124 
Monday, June 11   

Tuesday, June 12
  • 8:30 am - UMM Tuesday Breakfast group, Ju├írez Restaurant on South Mays
  • 9:30 am - First Church Crafters, 115 Winsted House
  • 6:30 pm - UMW Lydia Circle, Bldg. 4-2/Payne Cottage
  • 7:00 pm - LEADFirst, Bldg. 5-127 
Wednesday, June 13
  • 6:15 am - UMM Breakfast, fellowship, & devotional, FLC/Bldg.3
  • 6:00 pm - HeartSong Choir rehearsal, South Suite
  • 7:00 pm - Chancel Choir rehearsal, South Suite
  • 7:30 pm - Family Movie Night, Backside of Bldg. 5/ Playscape area 
Thursday, June 14
  • 9:00 am - VBS Work Day, Bldg. 5-122, 136, 211, 215 & 218
  • 9:30 am - Heart to Heart Quilters, 115 Winsted
Friday, June 15 
  • 8:30 am - Round Rock Helpers, Bldg. 4-2
  • 8:00 pm - Narcotics Anonymous-Right Stuff, Bldg. 4
Saturday, June 16
  • 6:30 pm - Bridge Club, Bldg. 5-127
There is always a lot going on at First Church. Visit the website , find us on Facebook or Twitter , and check the  Church Calendar so you don't miss out! 
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